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October 20, 2016

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Inside the Book:

Title: FOR THE LOVE OF MEAT
Nine Illustrated Stories
Author: Jenny Jaeckel
Publisher: Raincloud Press
Pages: 162
Genre: Short Stories/Light Romance
For the Love of Meat combines whimsical and surreal illustrations with engaging, intimate encounters that explore the depths of human experience. Unique and diverse in setting, and with touches of magical-realism, these nine stories will tug at the strings of the wandering, romantic heart, setting it delightfully ablaze.
In Wander the Desert, Sister Aurelia, a nun from the early 20th century, finds herself stranded in the Mexican desert with nothing but a few cobs of corn and a stray horse who becomes her faithful companion. In Stumble and Fall, we meet Dara, a young Londoner hungry for adventure who, unwilling to settle for the safety and comfort of home, travels to Vancouver, city of immigrants, where a handsome stranger entices her to take a leap into the unknown. The Two explores the tender bond between two young growing up in 1940s Philadelphia, who are as inseparable as light and shadow. As one of the girls tragically becomes ill, the impact on the other shows how true connections of heart and spirit are not bound to time and place. And Mémé, set in Haiti in the 1800s, is told from the stunning perspective of a slave who, as a child, witnesses the brutal murder of her mother, and survives through her connection to her brother and the natural world.
Jenny Jaeckel’s compelling storytelling takes us across the world and through the ages, with remarkable insight and soul-moving moments, when paths cross and time unfolds. Her language, imagery and attention to detail plunge the reader into these memorable lives, soaking us in tales of adventure, courage, love, loss, longing and all the hope in between.


About the Author

Jenny Jaeckel has worked as a translator, Spanish teacher, graphics teacher, and an editor. She is the author and illustrator of Odd Pieces, Siberiak, and Spot 12. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
 
 MY THOUGHTS
The author gives the reader various tastes of time periods and places.  It's like taking an Atlas, closing your eyes and pointing to a place on the map.    Could be anywhere and at any time. The author didn't spare the detailed descriptions of the characters and places.  You are there, traveling throughout different times and places.     I especially liked feeling the ice cold snow that the sled dogs felt under their feet.  As the reader, you almost wanted a camera when you were traveling to take pictures for your album. I love the romantic parts. They bring out the emotions in your heart.   For you as the reader, every daydream about roaming, just taking off and going where your heart leads you, this book let's you do that. The peeks of the character's lives is fleeting but bits and pieces stay with you after you've finished the book. The author leads you through a variety of feelings from smiling, sometimes a little sad, reflective and sometimes a look into a "what if" world.  The stories are written with loving care and have such a personal touch to them.  If you are a short story lover, this book will give you more than most short story books.   You get to travel the globe  with many different people, from young, elderly, male, female, different ethnics, each with their own story. I feel the title, FOR THE LOVE OF MEAT, means loving the substance of what you see and feel.

 I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, Jenny Jaeckel and PUYB in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

I would give this book 5 STARS.

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